ASTOR PIAZZOLLA = Oblivion – Salvatore Accardo, violin and director/ Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Fonè

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ASTOR PIAZZOLLA = Oblivion – Salvatore Accardo, violin and
director/ Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Fonè multichannel SACD 019
(Distr. by Acoustic Sounds). 61:37 ****:

Accardo recorded a series of three Piazzolla SACDs for Fonè back in
2002; we have reviewed two of them but somehow weren’t provided this
one until recently.  As a major Piazzolla fan I had to have the
completeness of covering this one as well. Accardo met Piazzolla in
Buenos Aires in l969 while on a tour of Latin America.  He
treasures the discussions they had, and Piazzolla even dedicated his
Milonga in D (the third track on this disc) to Accardo.

Over the three discs 25 pieces by Piazzolla are presented. Some are
original scores for violin and string orchestra and others are based on
various transcriptions and revisions.  Of course there is no
bandoneon or piano, so the overall sound is much closer to classical,
but Piazzolla’s unique expressiveness and even some of the compelling
rhythmic feeling comes thru. Co-arranger Francesco Fiore speaks in the
note booklet about the challenges of carrying out the transcriptions to
strings which have a lesser ability to play percussively than the
piano. Various sonorities are assigned to the strings in some of the
selections to evocate the piano or bandoneon.  The 5.0 channel
recordings were made by Polyhymnia International, who also do most of
the expert DSD work for both Pentatone and Caro Mitis.

Tracks: Oblivion, Escualo, Milonga in D, Introduction to an Angel,
Revirado, Milonga sin Palabras, Finale, Tres Minutos Con la Realidid,
Recordanco “Suite for Strings”

– John Sunier

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